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Dive Review of Kungkungan Bay Resort and Miniahasa Lagoon in
Indonesia/Lembeh Straits and Poopoh

Kungkungan Bay Resort and Miniahasa Lagoon, Apr, 2007,

by Ed and Julia DeMartini, HI, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 3379.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Papua New Guinea, Red Sea, Palau, Phillipines, Chuuk, Hawaii, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Solomons, Fiji, Tuamotus, Galapagos, Florida, Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea, Thailand, Ponape, Indonesia's Raja Ampat, Alor, Komodo, Wakatobi and Bali areas.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 6
Water Visibility 20 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Overall, the KBR dive guides and boat crew we encountered were very experienced and careful in handling camera gear. Dedicated rinse tank and dunk tank to test camera setup. Well lighted and provisioned camera room with both 110V and 220V battery charging stations. Dedicated towels for cameras were provided. Air tank for cleaning and/or drying camera and accessories. Screen door to block out mosquitos and other unwanted critters. Bathroom adjacent to camera room. Dive guides are superb and kind off treated like 'rock stars' at KBR. We rarely encountered other non-KBR dive groups in the water during our 10 days there. But, when we did, invariably, other divers seemed to recognize the KBR label on the dive guides' wet suits and proceeded to follow us around. Generally, we had one guide to the 2 of us, until we got joined. Nevertheless, the KBR guides are very gracious and professional about this. Our special appreciation is to Ade and Iwan who spent the most time with us, and to Liberty who saved J. from being impaled by a giant, ugly, and well camouflaged stone fish while filming a pair of nudibranchs.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The best muck diving dive adventure we've had, thus far! Meeting practically all of Ed's expectations and more, since this year's dive trip is muck and only muck. There were only a few small critters on our list that we did not encounter that we did see in other trips to Indonesia and PNG. Thus, we were not disappointed except for the Bobbit Worm. We saw that monster once on a night dive on our 2000 KBR stay, but not this time. We saw wonderpus, mimic octopus, giant octopus, long arm octopus, blue ring octopus, coconut octopus, harlequin ghost pipe fish, ornate ghost pipefish, robust ghost pipefish, ambon scorpion fish, many devilfish with multi-colors, electric clams, cat and bamboo sharks, numerous nudibranchs, comet fish, crocodile fishes, many shapes, sizes and colors of frogfishes, pigmy seahorses, many cockroach shaped mini-shrimps and crabs on crinoids, sea cucumbers and melabys, mandarin fish, sea snakes, stargazers, harlequin shrimp, squids and so on and on and on breathlessly....WOW!

Our host at KBR, Steve, was very helpful and accommodating, even when he was too busy. Every guide was superb, they were waiting nearby with the next critter when we finished filming one. Every night dive was fantastic with new and unencountered animal when we thought we had exhausted the possibilities. And, we did a night dive every day we were there in addition to the 3 day dives.

Minahassa Lagoon was more laid back for diving, but the hosts were very accommodating and our dive guide was knowledgeable. When we challenged him with finding us a mimic octopus and ambon scorpion fish to see if he can match the KBR guides, he did indeed find both at Poopoh on the first day! And he also located a brilliantly pink leaf scorpion fish. He spent a patient 3 days with us. The setting here was luxurious and the dive pace was not as hectic as KBR. A great place to wind down with a slightly different flavor of muck diving after an intense 10 days at KBR.

We plan to return to KBR in a few years to hunt for the illusive Bobbit worm.
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